F1 » Mercedes: We didn't test - Pirelli did

Mercedes has opened its defence at the FIA International Tribunal by claiming that the private test that took place last month was Pirelli's undertaking, not the team's.

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June 20, 2013 2:47 PM

If the test was a Pirelli test and not a competitors test then i cant see why Mercedes were summonsed to this tribunal under article 22 as the rules concerning the current car would not apply as it was not a competitors (Mercedes) test. This says any car could be used.


June 20, 2013 3:12 PM

realf1. if it was that clear cut, there would be no tribunal! you seem to overlook the basic sporting codes which specifically prohibit teams taking part in any test, unless using a car that is substantially different to the current car.

as many others have pointed out, other teams have abided by the rules. these teams would be falling over themselves to avail of "private" tests.

merc themselves are doing NOTHING to support brawn. that says it all, doesn't it?


June 20, 2013 4:02 PM

The funny part of today's proceedings is that the 'oldest' automobile manufacturer in he world chose to use the pre-school child strategy to defend themselves ...

First we saw the "I didn't do it, it was them defense"

Closely followed by the "But they also did it, why couldn't I" excuse.

Very 'mature' lawyering there!


June 20, 2013 4:28 PM

Cross Examination

So Mr Paul Harris, you represent that Mercedes believe "changes between 2011 and 2013 are minuscule in terms of performance" so Ferrari were wrong to run their 2011 car & should also be sanctioned.

Could you please explain why Mercedes felt the need to respond to Pirelli's urgent needs to test with a 'current' 2013 car when they have a perfectly capable 2011 Renault at their disposal?


June 20, 2013 5:23 PM
Last Edited 840 days ago

From the FIA International Tribunal as reported by ESPN:

"Mercedes said the reason it ran its race drivers was due to the short notice of the test - with Pirelli "delighted to have drivers of that calibre" - but apologised for running anonymous helmets as it makes it look suspicious. "


Also a good one here...

"Harris admitted that more transparency would have been good, but "in the world of Formula One, that transparency is not the norm." He said that Mercedes "acted in good faith throughout, conducting a test to the benefit of all Formula One participants." "

Benefit of all F1 participants? Ha! All they need now is to use the "it's for the children..." defense.


June 20, 2013 6:04 PM
Last Edited 840 days ago

Hi, my name is Mr Mercedes

A few weeks ago a good mate on mine, Mr Pirelli, asked if he could borrow my Land Rover to go fetch a boat he'd bought.
I could've just given him the keys to the car & let him go do it himself, but I needed a road-trip anyway so I piled him into the passenger seat & decided to take a drive myself to go fetch it.

Did I fetch the boat for him or did Mr Pirelli fetch the boat?


June 20, 2013 6:41 PM

rob. when will you understand that BENDING rules is ok. it is BREAKING rules that sucks. so if rbr bent rules, blame fia for not making proper rules. but if merc have broken rules, make them suffer.
macca were not banned for bending the tc rules. bar were heavily penalised for using an illegal and secreted fuel tank.

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